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BARGAIN BIN

Living stylishly on a budget

By Ami Albernaz
Globe Correspondent / March 5, 2009
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PRINCE FOR A DAY
In the interest of helping our readers find the best deals, we checked out what's happening at a couple of consignment shops. We first stopped in at Raspberry Beret (yes, named for the Prince song), the Wakefield outfit that expanded into Porter Square in December. Along with $12 jeans (Paris Blues) and an array of funky, printed tops for around $10, we spotted a Giorgio Armani plaid blazer ($110), a smattering of Ann Taylor Loft and J.Crew, and a fetching collection of handmade and vintage jewelry. Raspberry Beret is at 1704 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, 617-354-3700, and 1110 Main St., Wakefield, 781-245-2293. www.raspberryberet.us.

ANTIQUE SHOPPING
If you have a soft spot for antiques and estate pieces, stop by Consignment Galleries (363 Highland Ave., Somerville, 617-629-4900, www.theconsignmentgalleries.com), whose brimming rooms could easily provide hours of happy browsing. Pieces that caught our eye included an antique drop-leaf table ($350) and a mahogany shield mirror ($170); we liked the leaded glass lamps, Edinburgh crystal glassware, and framed prints, priced as low as $12, as well.

VINTAGE ADVANTAGE
Though it's not a consignment shop, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better vintage clothing stop than Bobby From Boston (19 Thayer St., Boston, 617-423-9299, www.bobbyfromboston.com), a preferred stop for costume designers ("Titanic," "A Beautiful Mind"). Until the end of the month, menswear and accessories are 20 percent off, meaning you can stock up on old Harris Tweed jackets and Levi's, bow ties, suspenders, Foster Grants, and plenty of other pre-1970 finds you didn't know you needed.

DRAWN TO THE WEB
We recently came across the sample sale site Savvy & Co. (www.thesavvy.com), a New York-based outfit that recently expanded its brick-and-mortar operations to the Web. On Sunday, the site begins a three-day sale of the young, fun wares of Los Angeles-based designer Dorothy Lee. We're told sale items will include an electric blue and light gray silk and cashmere cardigan with a ruffle panel ($70, originally $216) and a crepe de Chine tuxedo tank dress, complete with tie ($75, originally $290). Check out www.dorothy-lee.com for a taste.

BOUTIQUE BOUND
If you're north of the city this weekend, check out Andover's Boutique Blowout Event, for which around 15 downtown shops will feature steeply discounted prices on fall and winter stock. Dresscode (2 Elm Square, Andover, 978-470-0300, www.dresscodestyle.com; inset) will have a bin of goodies for $10-$50, and will be taking 50 percent to 75 percent off all fall and winter merchandise; Cristina's Bridal (10-12 Main St., Andover, 978-470-3956, www.cristinasbridal.com) will feature select wedding gowns at 50 percent off and past season's formal wear for up to 70 percent off. Other participating shops include First Date, Night & Day, and Rapids.

Got an idea for Bargain Bin? Send it to ami.albernaz@gmail.com.

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